PULLIAM DOUBLES UP
NWAAS points leader captures crucial twinbill checkers – JW Martin
Lee Pulliam continues to be as hot as the weather.
Pulliam entered the 94.9 Star Country TWIN 100’s on a five race winning streak, having notched victories in major contests at venues including South Boston Speedway and Caraway Speedway, among others.
The recent success had vaulted him to the crest of the WHELEN All-American Series standings, with a microscopic one-point edge over his nearest competition. With Motor Mile Speedway boasting car counts of twenty-three and twenty-two, respectively, for the pair of Bull & Bones Late Model Stock Car races, the night promised to be a fruitful one for the national frontrunner.
Pulliam was points racing Saturday night— but not for track points. The defending Motor Mile Speedway Late Model track champion has conceded his bid for the 2012 track title for a more lofty goal: the national championship. And after sweeping the 94.9 Star Country twinbill in a convincing fashion, Pulliam is two races closer to the realization of that goal.
“Tonight will be big at the end of the year. Full car counts, and to pull them both out; it was a pivotal night for us,” Pulliam said from victory lane. “We needed it bad.”
Pulliam coasted to victory in Race 1 by nearly a full second over Tommy Lemons, Jr. and Mike Looney. Five cautions and one red flag period on lap 22 plagued the nightcap feature, and the final yellow of the evening staged an overtime finish that went seven circuits past the scheduled distance. Frank Deiny, Jr. was unable to capitalize on the late-race restart, as Pulliam bested the 2004 track champion by 1.026-seconds at the checkers. Josh Berry rounded out the podium in third.
After swelling to a 48-point margin, Deiny has begun to shrink Josh Berry’s lead in the Late Model track standings, albeit slightly. The gap from first to second is 44 points with five races remaining on the 2012 schedule.
IN OTHER DIVISIONS
Steve Dalton collected his second win of the season in Collision Plus Limited Sportsman competition, edging out points leader Preston McGhee for the win. Scooter Hollandsworth captured the checkers for the first time this season in the Carpet Factory Outlet Street Stock heat, and Rocky Yates claimed the win and the points lead in the 30-lap New River Nissan MOD-4 feature.